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paper clay, was spooze! and repair questions

updated wed 28 nov 01


Wanda Holmes on tue 27 nov 01

Kate, I haven't tried Spooze, but I do know that you can repair broken
bisque with paper clay. It's 1 part powdered clay (I use the same clay I
work with - just dry out thin slabs and crush them with a hammer), 1/3 part,
by volume, paper fiber (I use torn up toilet paper) and water. I put in
enough water to wet the mixture and leave an inch or so on top. After the
batch sits for a few days, I drain the remaining water off. I let it sit,
drain it, and let it sit until the consistent is about that of a slip.
Works like magic, though it can develop quite an unpleasant smell over time.
It can be used to repair greenware and bisqueware. It can also be used like
slip in handbuilding to attach different clay pieces to one another.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ceramic Arts Discussion List [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG]On
Behalf Of Kate Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: Spooze! and repair questions

Hello, all...

I am a newbie to the list and enjoying all the posts and wealth of
information and websites (Lord what gorgeous pots!)--in WAY over my head of

By way of introduction--I did my first ceramics at age 8, at a local pottery
shop--still have a silly jar I did then. Stopped till adult ed class in my
late teens, but as I didn't have regular access to either a wheel or kiln,
stopped _again_ until this year. Now, I am loving it as I always thought I
would (I'm a professional artist and writer, but there's something about the
alchemy of pottery...), but have much, much to learn. I've held off on
my questions and checked the archives to find answers to some, but if you

> >> I would like to know the recipe for the clay/vinegar/corn syrup mix to
> patch things. <<
> 1/3 each. And it's called Spooze

So, is this the moist clay from the box, or powdered stuff?

Is it possible it will help here? I made some three-legged pipkins, pinch
pots, that I really liked, but alas, one leg came off two of them in bisque
firing, and the two larger ones tried to _blow_ a leg off in firing. I'm
assuming perhaps not enough slip on the first two, and moisture trapped
still in the rather thick bottoms of the bigger ones. Those two didn't have
applied legs, but short ones pulled from the body of the pots themselves.
They FELT dry, but...

So, I think the two small pipkins with the legs that simply came off in
firing are pottery guru suggests a mortar meant for firebrick,
but it doesn't take glaze. Would Spooze work here? Suggestions please?

One of the two large pieces may be has a crack, but not of
Grand Canyon proportions, so I thought if I ground down the edges of the
crack and used either the mortar or this wondrous new mixture I might still
be able to experiment with it.

I'm fascinated with ancient forms--17th and 18th Century pipkins, piggins,
and other cookware, etc., and had planned to cook with these over embers, as
they were all pretty satisfying pieces--before firing.

Does anyone have any suggestions or further information? Since I STILL
don't have a wheel at home, I was finding pinch pottery to be quite
satisfying...before firing.

Thanks, much--
Best Regards,
Graphics/Fine Arts Press

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